July/August 2014

Editor's Note

An adequate substitution for psychotherapy? Our Love Affair with Psychotropics

July/August 2014
In the age of Big Pharma, meds have flattened all before them in their virtual conquest of the mental health field. Over the years, antidepressants have come to be sold as virtual panaceas for just about any emotional trouble to which humans are prone. According to many observers, however, these drugs are wildly overprescribed, often for conditions that wouldn’t be captured even in DSM’s ever more capacious net.
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Falling in Love Again

A Brief History of Psychoactive Drugs

July/August 2014
Over the last 150 years, we’ve seen waves of mass infatuations with psychotropic drugs—antidepressants being the latest. While all these drugs are different, their story arc seems to follow a predictable course.
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Beyond Chemistry

Exploring Our Relationship with Our Meds

July/August 2014
The chemical effect of psychoactive meds is only part of their impact. In fact, people often develop complex relationships with the pills they take.

The Anatomy of a Psychiatric Consult

Solving the Puzzle

July/August 2014
For many therapists, an air of mystery surrounds the role of psychopharmacology in mental health treatment. Here's a step-by-step tour of the complexities of the psychiatric consultation.

The Meds of the Future

Waiting for the Next Magic Pill

July/August 2014
Does our growing understanding of the brain and the prospect of further scientific discoveries mean there’s a new generation of magical pills on the horizon?

SSRIs in Perspective

Have They Lived up to Their Promise?

July/August 2014
After wading through the controversies and contradictions in the research literature on SSRIs, a critic of Big Pharma explains why he thinks these drugs may have gotten a bad rap.

Clinician's Digest

The Whole World Is Watching TED

July/August 2014
For therapists, giving a TED talk is the new professional milestone.

In Consultation

The Challenge of Becoming the Boss: How to Make a Group Practice Work

July/August 2014
Making a group practice work means taking on the challenge of becoming a boss.

Case Study

Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses

July/August 2014
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.

Point of View

When Talk Isn’t Enough: Easing Trauma’s Lingering Shock

July/August 2014

Pioneering trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk shares his thoughts on the differences between public and private trauma.

Bookmarks

What Makes Fanatics Tick? Exploring the Psyches of People on the Fringe

July/August 2014

Review of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

A new book investigates the worldview of a range of fanatics who’ve dedicated their lives to holding onto to their antiscientific and antihistorical claims.

Family Matters

The Freedom Ride: On the Road with a Restless Woman and Her Son

July/August 2014
A woman in a life transition takes her son on an eventful road trip.
July/August 2014
Open Wide!
Do We Know What Big Pharma is Giving Us?